In last week's 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe, Oklahoma didn't have a pass play longer than 18 yards.
The Sooners had several chances at deep balls but couldn't connect, with drops and overthrows thwarting the plays.
But wide receiver Jalen Saunders said big plays would come, especially as OU continues to establish a strong running game to go along with the offensive changes.
“It is putting a lot of the corners on an island and forcing the safeties to play the run more,” Saunders said. “I think the offense is looking a lot better with the style that we switched up to. I'm real excited for it.”
The changes make a bigger difference for the outside receivers.
“There's a little more work to do at that position because you are one-on-one and you are competing with the other DBs. It's a tough job to do, but we are all capable of doing it, all our receivers.”
IKARD REFLECTS ON WILD GAME
Sooners center Gabe Ikard remembers plenty about last season's crazy 50-49 win at West Virginia and not all of it is from the action on the field.
“We were expecting to be treated really poorly there, but they were actually very hospitable,” Ikard said. “Their staff, everyone that greeted us, all that stuff, was very nice and treated us first-class care and stuff. We had a good time there, and it was a great game.”
Ikard also remembered plenty about the wild finish where the Sooners scored with 24 seconds left, then had to hold on while the Mountaineers ran four more plays before the game ended.
“I just remember we were taking our time and I was kind of thinking out on the field, ‘What are we doing?' but about midway through, I realized we were going to go score and run this clock out. Their offense was rolling, and we were rolling. We were just trying to have the ball a lot so they wouldn't have an opportunity.”
EIGHTH OFFICIAL ADDED SATURDAY
Saturday's game against West Virginia will be the first in the Big 12 with an eighth official.
The league is the only one in the country using the additional official, who will be opposite the referee.
“I'm not real worried about it,” Bob Stoops said earlier this week.
The change was made to help with the fast-paced offenses in the Big 12 and could result in more holding calls.
“I hope not, unless they call it on them,” West Virginia coach Dana Holgerson told the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail. “They hold a lot. We never hold.”
TAILGATE TOUR COMES TO NORMAN
The Allstate Tailgate Tour will be in Norman for Saturday's game.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. and run until 5:30 at Jenkins Avenue and Page Street in Norman.
The tour features games with a chance to win tailgate items, sign-making and other family-friendly activities.
Fans can also enter the “Allstate Ultimate Road Trip Sweepstakes.” One grand prize winner and three friends will win a VIP trip to the Sugar Bowl, where they will watch the game with Kirk Herbstreit, followed by a trip to the BCS National Championship in Pasadena, Calif. The winner will also receive a 2014 Buick Enclave.
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY